I know it's generally pretty risky to pick the hometown player but I think Thomas Robinson is the guy the Wizards should have highest on their board. Besides his accomplishments at the highest level of college ball, I think he already has a maturity that dwarfs anything Nick Young, Javale McGee and Andray Blatche could even dream about. I just think he's exactly the kind of player the Wizards never seem to get. A fully-formed young MAN with a good head on his shoulders. He'd also immediately take the franchise player role that it doesn't seem John Wall is ready to assume just yet, which would probably allow him to blossom.
We gotta get this kid. This is the one time I don't want the Wiz to pick first.
From Hoopsworld.com's Joel Brigham:
And from Alex Raskin also of Hoopsworld:While I don’t believe Thomas Robinson will necessarily be the second player picked in this June’s draft, I do think he has an excellent chance to end up the second-best player of the entire class. It’s not that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist won’t be a great supporting player, or that Bradley Beal won’t be a productive scorer for his entire career, or that Andre Drummond won’t be big and tall and intimidating on the defensive end. It’s just that Robinson has the best combination of proven ability and untapped potential this side of Anthony Davis, and that, in my opinion, gives him the best chance at becoming a star.
...now that more talent evaluators are seeing him in person, however, it turns out that he is every bit of his listed height and he’s just scratching the surface of his talent. Robinson barely shot 3-pointers with the Jayhawks (although he made 50% of his attempts last year), and now that he’s getting a chance he’s showing everyone just how good of a shooter he can be. Robinson possesses a lot of skills that that prototypical "stretch 4s" posses, but he also combines that with excellent athleticism, a 7-1 wingspan and a high motor that all coaches love. Outside of Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, there might not be a better combination of proven ability and upside in this draft than Robinson. Connecticut center Andre Drummond will be taken ahead of Robinson simply because of upside, but Robinson is a safe pick, particularly for a team like the Washington Wizards, who may already have their center in Nene Hilario.